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Opened 8 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#4359 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

Remove author dropdown from Manage Posts

Reported by: westi Owned by: rob1n
Milestone: 2.3 Priority: normal
Severity: major Version: 2.3
Component: Administration Keywords: has-patch
Focuses: Cc:

Description

The consensus on #3120 was that Manage Posts should not have an author dropdown as it didn't scale well for blogs with a large number of authors.

The reasoning was that we have a good UI method of accessing this view already via the [users.php page http://trac.wordpress.org/ticket/3120#comment:8]

Therefore we should remove the authors dropdown that currently appears on Manage -> Posts.

Also the action for adding your own filters has moved to be above the page heading which makes a plugin place it's UI in the wrong place.

Attachments (2)

remove-authors.diff (1.3 KB) - added by westi 8 years ago.
Patch to remove the authors dropdown and move the action to a better place.
Manage Posts.png (13.6 KB) - added by westi 8 years ago.
Screenshot showing why we need to move the action hook

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Change History (15)

@westi8 years ago

Patch to remove the authors dropdown and move the action to a better place.

comment:1 @westi8 years ago

  • Owner changed from anonymous to westi
  • Status changed from new to assigned

comment:2 @rob1n8 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch commit added
  • Owner changed from westi to rob1n
  • Status changed from assigned to new

comment:3 follow-up: @ryan8 years ago

The author filter allows editors to separate out drafts from different contributors, so it would be nice to keep the capability to filter by author. Note that we have the same potential problem with categories. Some blogs have thousands of categories. Perhaps we could show the dropdown if there are less than so many authors or categories (say 200) and show a text input otherwise.

comment:4 in reply to: ↑ 3 @westi8 years ago

Replying to ryan:

The author filter allows editors to separate out drafts from different contributors, so it would be nice to keep the capability to filter by author. Note that we have the same potential problem with categories. Some blogs have thousands of categories. Perhaps we could show the dropdown if there are less than so many authors or categories (say 200) and show a text input otherwise.

Agreed.

It just seemed strange for it to appear now when it was said before that it didn't scale and we already had a good way of accessing the info.

Whatever the outcome of the author dropdown we do need to move the action hook as I did in my patch above so that it is back in a more sensible place.

I think my prefered solution for authors / categories / any other large lists would be to look at alternative user interfaces which provide better access methodology.

Maybe a cloud style display for terms (tags/cats/...) which is within an expandable twisty.

@westi8 years ago

Screenshot showing why we need to move the action hook

comment:5 @westi8 years ago

This is why we need to move the action hook:

The first Browse Author.. dropdown is added by a plugin - previously this appeared as part of the normal filtering under the H2

comment:6 follow-up: @JeremyVisser8 years ago

I don't get it. How then are you going to transfer ownership of a post to a different user?

comment:7 @JeremyVisser8 years ago

Would it scale better to make the author box more like the category box (multiple authors, hint hint)?

comment:8 follow-up: @rob1n8 years ago

(In [5607]) Move the restrict_manage_posts hook to somewhere more reasonable. see #4359

comment:9 in reply to: ↑ 6 ; follow-up: @westi8 years ago

Replying to JeremyVisser:

I don't get it. How then are you going to transfer ownership of a post to a different user?

You do that on the Edit Post page not on the manage post page so I can't see how this is affected.

comment:10 in reply to: ↑ 8 @westi8 years ago

Replying to rob1n:

(In [5607]) Move the restrict_manage_posts hook to somewhere more reasonable. see #4359

Cheers rob1n

comment:11 in reply to: ↑ 9 @JeremyVisser8 years ago

Replying to westi:

Replying to JeremyVisser:

I don't get it. How then are you going to transfer ownership of a post to a different user?

You do that on the Edit Post page not on the manage post page so I can't see how this is affected.

Oh, I was totally confused. I though you were talking about the Edit Post screen. Sorry.

comment:12 @rob1n8 years ago

  • Keywords commit removed

I'm not very attracted to the prospect of completely removing the author filter dropdown. While it may not scale well for sites with lots of authors, the majority of sites out there are small-scale and would be fine with the dropdown.

That said, the use of a text box to replace that in larger sites doesn't appeal to me, either. IMO a guide (such as an autocomplete) would be good with that, but I don't know how to bring that off well.

comment:13 @westi8 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

Closing this.

The hook has been moved to a more reasonable place.

And the consensus seemed to be to keep the Author dropdown.

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